Tesla Updates the Model S With a New Interior, 520 Mile Range

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Tesla is set to ship a refreshed version of the Model S in March, bringing with it a tweaked exterior, redesigned interior, a steering wheel you’ll either love or hate, and improved range.

As The Verge reports, there’s been some minor changes to the exterior of the car, but all the important changes are on the inside. First of all, is the extended range of the Model S. The base Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range model, which costs $80,000 offers 412 miles on a single charge. However, a new Plaid Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive option will offer 390 miles of range ($120,000), or a Plaid+ version pushes that up to 520 miles ($140,000).

Tesla claims this is the longest range of any in-production electric vehicle, but also the fastest acceleration with the Model S achieving 155mph in 9.23 seconds and 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds.

Model S steering wheel

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Before that speed and range get you excited enough to place an order, take a look at the interior of the new Model S. As part of the redesign, Tesla opted for a so-called “yoke steering wheel.” The last car I remember with a similar wheel fitted was K.I.T.T. in Knight Rider.

There’s also a 17-inch 2,200-by-1,300 resolution central cinematic display, another display behind the steering wheel, tri-zone temperature control, HEPA filtration, and ventilated front seats. The second row seats three adults with extra leg and headroom. The armrest doubles as a storage space and can be stowed while also offering wireless charging. Rear passengers also get a central display to view.

The updated Model S web page talks about gaming on either the front or second row displays and how it takes advantage of up to 10 teraflops of processing power. For comparison, the Xbox Series X offers 12 teraflops and the PS5 offers 10 teraflops, suggesting this car won’t struggle to play the latest titles.

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